Q&A with Evan Powers, Director of “Pig”
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual level? Who is your Horror spirit animal?
I’d love to say I relate to one of the badass final girls out there, but truthfully I’m more of a ‘Marty’ from ‘The Cabin in the Woods’… you know, the lovable, squirrly, neurotic stoner who (nearly) saves the day with his fine tuned intuition and sharp wit.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
Many of my ideas tend start out in the form of a single image or moment with no real meaning or theme behind it. As you could imagine, most of them don’t turn into anything worth while…
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Not really… While I’ve always been a fan of horror, my main focus is comedy, and finding interesting ways to tell funny stories. This one happened to be in the horror genre, and I had a ton of fun working in that world. And now that I’ve dipped my toes into the horror community, I wouldn’t mind sticking around! The horror audience is among the most passionate out there. I hope they’ll have me back…
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
Specifically for PIG, it was all about tropes – taking what we know and expect from a slasher movie and flipping it on its head. So I watched a bunch of classic slasher and home invasion movies, as well as non-genre relationship and buddy movies. I also read a lot of scripts that have a similar tone to what I’m going for. Music is big for me too in terms of honing in on the tone of a moment. Sometimes I’ll find one song that nails the tone of the whole piece.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
Being that my film is told from two perspecitves – the killers and the campers – this could go two totally different ways.
If I woke up in the world of the Killers, I’d definitely be trying to cheer up my co-killer, Pig. Crack a joke or two, reminisce about his best kills, maybe take him out for a cheesburger.
If I woke up with the Campers, I’d probably be hiding in a closet. I’m a total wuss.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Let’s imagine I’m throwing a dinner party for a bunch of villains… Viago from ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ would definitely be there. Betelgeuse could be fun, albiet risky. Maybe the Klopek gang from ‘The Burbs’, those guys are a hoot. We’ll be eating the shark from Jaws.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Toughy. I’m gonna do that annoying thing and list a few… Here’s a shortlist:
The Cabin In The Woods
Silence of the Lambs